Genealogical and chronicle roll

Record ID: 
279804
Accession number: 
MS M.1157
Title: 
Genealogical and chronicle roll
Created: 
Northern France, ca. 1470-1475.
Credit: 
Melvin R. Seiden Collection, 2007.
Description: 
1 roll of 20 membranes (two to five columns) : vellum, ill. ; 630 x 17,370 mm
Provenance: 
Possibly executed for Louis XI of France; Sir Edward John Stanley, 18th Earl of Derby; sold by the executors of his estate (Christie's, November 26, 1997).
Notes: 

Ms. genealogical and chronicle roll; written and illuminated in Northern France after 1470, ca. 1470-1475.
Decoration: 69 roundels with miniatures.
The subjects of the miniatures are as follows: 1. Creation of the moon and stars -- 2. Creation of grass and trees -- 3. Creation of fish -- 4. Creation of birds and bees -- 5. God creating angels -- 6. Fall of the rebel angels -- 7. Creation of Eve -- 8. Adam and Eve with the serpent in the Garden of Eden -- 9. God forbidding Adam and Eve to eat the apple -- 10. Expulsion from Paradise -- 11. Adam planting a branch from the apple tree -- 12. Adam digging -- 13. Noah building the Ark -- 14. Abraham sacrificing Isaac -- 15. Nembroth building the tower of Babylon -- 16. Joshua, disciple of Moses -- 17. David crowned King of Israel -- 18. Destruction of Troy -- 19. Aeneas in a ship fleeing from Troy -- 20. Priam in a ship fleeing from Troy -- 21. Turtus in a ship fleeing from Troy -- 22. Helenus in a ship fleeing from Troy -- 23. Destruction of Samaria -- 24. Founding the city of Tours -- 25. Destruction of Jerusalem and the citizens led away -- 26. Nebuchadnezar being cut into 300 pieces and fed to birds -- 27. Trojans building the city of Sicambre -- 28. Remus supervising the building of Rome -- 29. Cyrus King of Persia and Darius King of the Medes taking Babylon -- 30. Trojans building Hutesse -- 31. Rape of the Sabine women -- 32. Ahasuerus King of Persia exiling Vasti -- 33. Poisoning of Alexander the newly crowned emperor -- 34. Judas Maccabeus -- 35. Nativity -- 36. Crucifixion with the Virgin and John the Evangelist -- 37. Murder of Julius Caesar -- 38. Christ as the first Pope -- 39. The new Troy: London, England -- 40. French leaving the city of Sicambre -- 41. Lucius ['Bucie'], first Christian King of Great Britain -- 42. French killing the Romans in battle -- 43. Conan, King of Brittany -- 44. Pharamond, first King of France -- 45. Baptism of Clovis -- 46. Anglist (Hengist) of Brittany -- 47. Dagobert -- 48. King Arthur and Mordred in battle -- 49. England as a walled town with turreted city gates -- 50. Pepin -- 51. St. Charlemagne as King -- 52. Pope Gregory the Great -- 53. William the Conqueror -- 54. Hugh Capet -- 55. St. Charlemagne as emperor -- 56. Godefroy de Bouillon on board a ship to conquer the Holy land -- 57. Godefroy de Bouillon, King of Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem -- 58. St. Louis 59. Emperor Berengarius I -- 60. Philippe de Valois VI -- 61. Edward I -- 62. Jean le Bon -- 63. Charles V -- 64. Charles VI -- 65. Charles VII -- 66. Louis XI.
Texts: Genealogical accounts encompasing man's history from the Creation according to Old Testament sources to Louis XI of France and his children. Once Gideon has been reached, the history of Troy and its descendants is included alongside. At its most expansive the roll has five lines of descent side by side, tracing the history and descent of the Popes, the Holy Roman Emperors, the Kings of England, of France and of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.-- Cf. Christie's.
Mahogany rollers and box.

Script: 
bastarda
Language: 
Middle French
Century: 
Classification: